Starbucks Setting Up At Marymount University’s Newside

As reported by ARLnow, the new Marymount campus, Newside, recently put up signs for Starbucks which will open soon. Marymount University’s Ballston campus, formerly known as “The Blue Goose,” is set to officially open this month. The new buildings have much to offer and add to Ballston's already impressive skyline. As ARLnow notes, "Marymount is using six floors of the nine-story office building on the site, with the other three floors available for other companies. Next door is a 12-story, 267-apartment residential building." You may find other information about Newside on our previous blog (here) or on our website here.
Signs Up For New Starbucks at Marymount's 'Newside' Building. (2017). Local News Now LLC: ARLnow. Source:

Kapnos Taverna Bootcamp and Bottomless Brunch Event

Mike Isabella's ​Kapnos Taverna, located at The View Luxury Apartments across from The Shooshan Company's offices at Two Liberty Center in Ballston, is partnering with Gold's Gym Ballston to offer "Bootcamp and Bottomless Brunch!" ​The event takes place Sunday, August 27 from 10am - 2pm. The Facebook event page reads "​Bootcamp will be on Kapnos Taverna's patio and brunch will be provided by Kapnos Taverna." ​"​Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna [1 of 3 Mike Isabella concepts at The View]​ serves classic and coastal-inspired Greek dishes, including favorites from the Greek Islands along with tastes from other regions known for their fine local products." - Kapnos Tavera website. ​"​Check out Gold’s local gym in Ballston, Virginia for exciting ways to work out and have fun while getting in shape. With a gym membership to the Wilson Boulevard Gold’s Gym location, enjoy a variety of cardio and resistance machines, as well as an extensive free weights area. Sign up for exercise classes led by professional fitness coaches who are dedicated to helping you see results and can offer modified techniques so even beginners can join in right away. Find the fitness programs you’re most interested in during extensive Gold’s Gym hours, ranging from early morning to evening so early birds and night owls can fit in an effective workout." - Gold's Gym Ballston website. ​The event is sure to be a great time and tickets are available here.​ References: ​Kapnos Taverna Event Page. (2017). Facebook. Source: ​About Kapnos Taverna. (2017). Kapnos Taverna. Source:​ About Gold's Gym. (2017). Gold's Gym. Source:​

Best of Arlington 2018

It's that time again! Arlington Magazine is currently accepting votes for "Best of Arlington 2018," a survey that offers readers the opportunity to "vote for the best that Arlington, McLean and Falls Church have to offer." Arlington Magazine's website states: "Take the Best of Arlington readers’ survey and make your vote count. Pick your favorites in dozens of categories—from Best Restaurant in Arlington and Best Pizza to Best Real Estate Agent and Best Remodeler. The results will be published in the January/February 2018 Best of Arlington issue." The website also states the survey rules as:

  • You must provide responses in at least 5 categories
  • You must provide your name, address and email address
  • Only one ballot per person
Votes are currently taking place and the survey closes on Monday, September 11. Source - Arlington Magazine For reference, you may see the 2017 results at To vote, visit   References: Best of Arlington 2018. (2017). Arlington Magazine. Source: Best of Arlington 2018 Survey Form. (2017). Arlington Magazine. Source: Best of Arlington 2017 Results. (2017). Arlington Magazine. Source:

Taylor Gourmet Introduces Burger for One Week Only

Taylor Gourmet, located across from Two Liberty Center at The View Luxury Apartments, has released their first burger as part of their "Summer Menu" for one week only. The SP Double Stack, as it's called, combines two beef patties, American cheese, grilled onions, lettuce and "special sauce" in a sesame seed bun. Reviews on the burger have been great and with only a spot on the menu for one week, people have been clamoring to try it throughout the many Taylor Gourmet locations in Washington, D.C., Arlington and Maryland. Perhaps the Hungry Lobbyist best described the new edition: "If you took a Shackburger and mated it with Salt Line‘s Smash Burger, you would have Taylor’s SP Double Stack." The SP Double Stack is only available through this Sunday, July 30, so be sure to stop by and try it out! You'll also receive a limited edition sticker: References: Taylor Gourmet’s SP Double Stack is Burger Poetry. (2017). Hungry Lobbyist. Source:

A Brief History of the Ballston Metro Station

We recently wrote about the new Marymount campus at 1000 N. Glebe Road and how pieces of the original "Blue Goose" were salvaged to create markers with information about Arlington to surround the building. One of these incredibly interesting markers gives a brief history of the Ballston Metro station and how it came to be:

This marker reads:

Ballston Metro

"The expansion of the Federal government and the increase of the population in the mid-20th century led to the dramatic changes to the region. After the closure of the trolley lines in Arlington County, buses were the primary means of public transportation.

In the mid-1960s, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) originally proposed a rapid rail system that had two lines in Arlington County, one line following I-66 to Fairfax and another line servicing the Pentagon, National Airport, and Crystal City. Arlington County officials, however, successfully lobbied for the proposed I-66 line to follow Wilson Boulevard and Fairfax Drive instead (the former route of the WA&FC trolley line) to stimulate development along the aging corridors.

The Ballston Metro Station, located four blocks from here on Fairfax Drive, opened in 1979 and transformed the community from small shops and businesses to a thriving urban village."

It's always interesting to learn the history behind our community and the new Marymount campus found and interesting way of incorporating this into the overall design.

Take A Look Around Marymount’s New Ballston Campus

Marymount University’s Ballston campus, formerly known as “The Blue Goose,” is set to officially open in August. The new buildings have much to offer and add to the wonderful Ballston skyline. One of the many unique design choices (and as a homage to the original building) was the use of salvaged pieces from The Blue Goose to create markers placed along the side path with facts about Ballston, Arlington and of course, The Blue Goose: This marker reads:

The Blue Goose

"A colorful example of modernist architecture stood on this site from 1963 to 2015. Its geometrically arranged, polychromatic blue metal panels earned it the local nickname of “The Blue Goose.” Designed to take advantage of its corner lot, the orientation of the building allowed its two main blocks to meet at the intersection of the North Glebe Road and Fairfax Drive.

Highlighted by a  central gentle inverse curve, the facade featured metal hopper windows surmounted by fixed single-light windows. Narrow metal mullions or thicker metal pilasters divided these windows and ran seamlessly between each story to enhance the verticality of the building. Upon completion of the Blue Goose, the developer, M.T. Broyhill and Sons, moved its offices into the building."

If you haven't been by the new buildings yet, we encourage you to stop by 1000 Glebe Road, Arlington VA and see the most recent edition to Ballston. -The Shooshan Company

Sunset Yoga at Ballston Bocce Park

Ballston Quarter, the new "urban village" where Ballston Common Mall once stood, offers different events while they continue the renovation. Recently, they joined with Ballston Sport & Health to offer Sunset Yoga which takes place this coming Wednesday, July 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Sunset Yoga will be held at Ballston Bocce Park, just 5 minutes away from Two Liberty Center where The Shooshan Company offices are located. Everyone is welcome and attendees are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited. Be sure to bring your own yoga mat or towel. In addition, Ballston Quarter will be giving out sunglasses and bottled water to help with the sun. Temperatures are expected to be around 86-90 degrees. Registration is free and available on Eventbrite by clicking here. To find out what else is open during the renovation, you may visit their website at References: Ballston Quarter Sunset Yoga. (2017). Ballston Quarter. Source:  

Free Summer Concerts at Lubber Run Amphitheater

If you're looking for ways to enjoy the nice weather in Arlington over the next few months, the Lubber Run Amphitheater, located on Columbus Street, has free concerts and entertainment taking place all summer long through June, July and September. The Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation and Arlington’s Cultural Affairs division have teamed up to create an impressive lineup with all types of music including Blues, Latin, Jazz, Brazilian and more - there's even some magic shows taking place! The events take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm or Sundays at 6:00pm, with the exception of a few that start earlier. To see the full lineup with descriptions and start times, be sure to visit Lubber Run Amphitheater 200 N Columbus Street Arlington, VA 22203 The performance schedule is below and the full descriptions can be seen online here.
  • Friday, June 30 – Revelator Hill
  • Saturday, July 1 – Cissa Paz
  • Sunday, July 2 – Sligo Creek Stompers
  • Friday, July 7 – Los Gallos Negros
  • Saturday, July 8 – King Soul
  • Sunday, July 9 – Akua Allrich
  • Friday, July 14 – Company Danzante
  • Saturday, July 15 – Chopteeth Afropunk Big Band
  • Sunday, July 16 – Kenny Rittenhouse
  • Friday, July 21 – Little Red & The Renegades
  • Saturday, July 22 – Elikeh
  • Sunday, July 23 – Little Bit of Blues
  • Friday, July 28 – Chieck Hamala Diabate
  • Saturday, July 29 – Elena y Los Fulanos
  • Sunday, July 30 – Cristylez Bacon
  • Friday, August 4 – Dupont Brass
  • Saturday, August 5 – WSC Avant Bard
  • Sunday, August 6 – The Scotch Bonnets
  • Friday, August 11 – Rico Amero Sr.
  • Saturday, August 12 – Signature Theatre Cabaret
  • Sunday, August 13 – National Chamber Ensemble
  • Sunday, August 27 – “Speed” The Magician
  • Sunday, September 10 – Mystic Drumz
  • Sunday, September 17 – The Great Zucchini
References: Lubber Run Amphitheater 2017. (2017). Arlington Arts. Source:

John Shooshan Receives Robert Ball Sr. Award

The Best of Ballston awards and Annual Meeting, presented by Ballston BID and Clark Construction, took place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel. Best of Ballston Awards included: In addition to the above award winners, The Shooshan Company's CEO and President, John Shooshan, was honored to receive the Robert Ball Sr. Award in recognition of his contributions to Ballston and Arlington. Ballston BID's website states, "His talents and dedication to Ballston have strengthened the network in our community and have enhanced the neighborhood aesthetically and intellectually." [caption id="attachment_1444" align="alignnone" width="592"] Photo courtesy of Ballston BID.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1443" align="alignnone" width="593"] Photo courtesy of Ballston BID.[/caption]   The Shooshan Company would like to congratulate all of the award recipients and thank Ballston BID and everyone involved for such a wonderful evening and event. References: Annual Meeting & Best of Ballston Awards. (2017). Ballston BID. Source: Ballston BID Facebook. (2017). Facebook. Source:

Arlington Chamber June 2017 “Business After Business”

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce provides many networking opportunities for those who work in all neighborhoods of the county. The next event takes place in the evening and is part of the "Business After Business" program. On 4420 N. Fairfax Arlington, VA 22203) to exchange business cards and enjoy food and drinks while getting to know other individuals and businesses of the community. In addition, the Chamber website states, "Those present at the event have the opportunity to win door prizes, and there's also a cash jackpot for members only." The Shooshan Company is proud to be a member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and sincerely appreciates having the opportunity to network and meet other working professionals in the Arlington area. Be sure to register in advance on the Arlington Chamber of Commerce website here.


Business After Business. (2017). The Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Source: